Day 9: Summer

Caravan 2016 – Mexico

Our high schoolers left first thing this morning with their caravan, heading to Mexico for the next week, on a mission trip to serve others and to work side by side with their peers and advisors. I am scared, excited, happy, proud, anxious, grateful, in awe, and mostly thankful. 

I am thankful that our church believes in our youth and provides opportunities for them to practice our values in a loving environment. I am thankful for the plethora of advisors and volunteers who are dedicated to loving and supporting our youth and who give up their time graciously to be an active part of their lives. This trip takes a lot of work and preparation and dedication on so many levels. It truly is amazing to feel the synergy and I am proud of my kids for choosing to participate and am thankful to be part of this community.

Please send your good thoughts and prayers to keep them safe.

Our future is bright, BeLoveRs.

Happy Father’s Day. 


A Legal Marriage

Our marriage is officially legal – we’re 18 years married happily ever after! 

I love this picture because it represents us. I like to take a picture in front of this bush every year on our anniversary and he wants to hurry up and get it over with. It has become a joke. And now the bush is spotty and patchy and kinda funny looking, but today he played with me after getting frustrated, of course, and I got my memory photos.  Thank you, honey!! You’re a good sport.

He’s the yin to my yang and I adore him.  He makes me feel safe and he adores me and our kids. We enjoy each other’s company and just being together. 

So that’s what we did today.  We celebrated Father’s Day with the kids this morning with breakfast at home. We played a board game together and just hung out.

Afterwards, we celebrated our anniversary by driving up to the city, just the two of us.  We love just driving together and exploring and walking and talking and just being a couple. So that’s what we did. We wandered and explored and discovered the Cellermaker Brewery that Jeff has been wanting to visit and had our first little date.


cool fence door

We wandered on to explore the renewed Hayes Valley and loved popping into the little stores and seeing public art being created in a garden area for Burning Man.


The sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day to wander and explore.


We found this fun little clothing shop with this cool display of air plants which I love. We were chatting with the  sales ladies and talking about my birthday week and Father’s Day and our anniversary and they asked us if we wanted to take photos in their photo booth since they were also celebrating their store’s birthday. Of course we said yes!! I love photo props and playing.

It’s hard to believe the fun continued and we just kept living it up.  

We had a romantic dinner at Abisenthe in a cozy little booth and then walked over to see The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theater.  That was an interesting experience and I’ll leave it at that.


Thanks honey for spending the day with me and our kids. Happy Father’s Day! Happy Anniversary!  Happy Life!! I love you!

Happy Father’s Day to all the loving papa’s!! Thank you for loving your kids and their mama’s.




Beauty and the Beach



Today we enjoyed the latter part of the day in Santa Cruz, exploring, walking and playing.
I loved watching the light change as the day began to settle. I love this time of day.

I loved playing with Jeff and Charlie, kicking this BIG ball around.  If you’re looking for a big beach ball like this, I found this one at Target for $9.99 and its been loads of fun.

Happy Father’s Day tomorrow to all the Papas. Thank you for loving your kids and their mamas and making this world a better place. 

Love this life.  Life is good.


Happy Father’s Day!

I just want to recognize all the men who love their wives and girlfriends and children and their adopted kids and make this world a better place because of their presence and the love they share.

Happy Dad’s Day to my husband. I loved watching you with our kids on Lake Tahoe today.

Happy Pop’s Day to my pops. I loved spending the day with you and mom and my family on the water.



Life is good and I am thankful for the men in my life! I love you.


Day 38: Father’s Day

Eating Malasadas (Portuguese donuts with sugar and fillings) at Leonard’s this morning.

Today I’m thankful for my dad and for my husband. Happy Father’s day to
My two favorite men!! I love you both!

Some of my favorite memories with my dad are playing hide and go seek in the house, going to get chocolate chip roll donuts at Foster’s, swimming at my Oma’s house and Grandma’s house, teasing him when he was reading the paper, body surfing at Zuma Beach, listening to loud music, riding on the back of his motorcycle, driving to Arizona in the blue van, camping at Twin Lakes, eating spaghetti and meatballs, and just loving him and being together

My favorite things about Jeff as a dad are that he provides for our family and loves us unconditionally. I love how he shares his passion for knowledge and history and education and flags and foreign languages with the kids. I love how even when he gets angry or frustrated, that he doesn’t hold grudges or hold on to anger, and is always focused on teaching the kids to do what’s right. I love that he wants to share experiences with them and to show them the world. And I’m
most thankful that he loves me, because I think this is the greatest gift he can give to his children – to love their mother. 🙂

My favorite part of today was just sitting with Jeff on Waiamanolo Beach in Oahu, watching the kids learn how to jump through the waves and boogie board and body surf for hours. Happy Father’s Day! I love you.